Release Date: October 6, 2015
Genre: Dark Romance | Erotica
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do.
And you’d do well to follow my rules...
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X is a master of the art of control. With a single glance she can cut you down to nothing, or make you feel like a king.
But there is only one man who can claim her body—and her soul.
Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for a different path, X has never known anything or anyone else—until now.
MADAME X is my first Jasinda Wilder novel and oh, how she rocked my world! MADAME X is one of those polarizing reads: you either love it or hate it, there's no in-between. Personally, I hated the situation these characters find themselves in:
- Madame X: She's a power coach, teaching rich brats how to hide their darkness and weild their power in the world. The juxtaposition is, X's Alpha persona is nothing but a facade as she is owned by her savior/captor, Caleb Indigo. I say savior because 6 years ago Caleb found X close to death and so traumatized that she had amnesia. So Caleb gave X a new life, new identity, and no she owes him and he owns her. Their relationship isn't necessarily that of the BDSM variety, but Caleb made it clear that X is his property, for his pleasure and his only. And though X tries to resist Caleb, run away from him and nix his claim, she's locked in her gilded cage that she can't get away even if she wants to.
- Caleb: I dislike this dude so much! *teeth gnashing* Sure he "saved" X when she was assaulted and gave her a life but he's not treating her any better. He brainwashed X so good, twisted reality so bad that X doesn't know which way is up anymore.
- Logan: The knight in shining armor. I hope X's rose colored glasses breaks and just run off with Logan.
I was seething the entire time I was reading MADAME X. For all the wisdom that X is doling out to her clients, for all the knowledge she's getting from her impressive books, her IQ seems to melt away when it comes to Caleb.
Yet inspite of my extreme vexation over MADAME X and its events, I can't deny that I'm affected by this dark romantic tale, and I'm definitely intrigued by the mystery surrounding X: Who is she? Why was she assaulted and her family murdered? What is Caleb hiding? Is Logan a knight, or another wolf in disguise? How is X going to escape Caleb's web? Will she embrace her freedom when it becomes available to her?
MADAME X is one of those books I'd love to hate, but this Pavlovian tale is so well written and told in such an interesting way I was captivated from beginning to end. The point of view shifts from second person to first person when Logan entered her life, and back again to second person in reference to Caleb. It's a simple change but a powerful device and somewhat metaphorical to demonstrate X's awakening and Logan's role in her life. I can't wait to read the next book, like X, I too need answers and I'm hoping the revelations will be devastating.